Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Riley Pechinski, SPASH softball
By Jordon Lawrenz
While Riley Pechinski will be playing her last season of softball at SPASH, her sports journey will continue in college.
Pechinski has committed to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she will be on the golf team.
As a two-sport athlete, Pechinski is looking to finish her high school career on a high note with another successful softball season.
Here is a little more on the SPASH senior:
When did you begin playing golf and softball?
“I started going to the golf course while I was still in a car seat, but started playing when I was around five years old. I began playing tee-ball to start out my softball career at six years old.”
What position do you play? Have you always played there?
“I play middle infield. I was always a first baseman growing up. I played some shortstop and third base during travel ball, but ever since high school, that’s been my main position.”
How do you balance your schedule between golf and softball, along with your schoolwork?
“It helps that golf is a fall sport and softball is a spring sport. I practice both during the winter months. I also dedicated myself to sophomore and junior year school work, setting up my senior year how I wanted it.”
How much of an influence has your brother been on your athletics?
“Logan hasn’t had an impact on my softball career besides the support. Although for my golf game, he has driven my competitiveness when playing with each other.”
What was it like committing to UW-Green Bay?
“Committing to UW-Green Bay gave me a sense of relief. I really love Coach Lee, the team and the atmosphere, which then lead to an easy decision.”
When did you realize golfing at the next level was a possibility?
“I realized golf at the next level was possible when I was competing with the top girls in the state through summer junior tournaments.”
What is your favorite subject in school? What are you majoring in at college?
“My favorite subject in school is science. I am still undecided but looking into majoring in biotechnology.”
What are you most looking forward to this softball season?
“I am looking forward to leading this team back to the top of the Wisconsin Valley Conference and creating more memories.”
Where would be your dream vacation?
“My dream vacation would have to be the Maldives.”
Do you have a nickname that friends or family have given you?
“My nicknames are Ry and Riles. Those originated around softball.”